Spring Scrub Down!

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By Courtesy Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine March/April 2011

Time for a Spring Scrub-Down!

The need to clean hidden areas of your kitchen (think exhaust fan and garbage disposal!) comes around once a year just like tax time. Spring is a great time to tackle these tougher jobs, and with Paula’s tips, you’ll find most of the cleaners you’ll need in your fridge or pantry.

Ways to Clean with Baking Soda…
Mix it with warm water to clean the inside of the fridge or other appliances.
Blend 4 parts baking soda and 1 part Borax for a nonabrasive scouring powder.

Ways to Clean with White Vinegar…
Add 2 to 3 tablespoons to your dishwasher detergent to cut the grease on dishes.
Make a paste of vinegar and baking soda to clean a stainless steel sink.
Mix it with water, and run it through the coffeepot for a good inside-out cleaning.
Freeze vinegar in ice cube trays, and grind the cubs in the sink disposal.

Ways to Clean with Lemons…
Sanitize wooden cutting boards by rubbing them with lemon juice, then let them set overnight. Wash and rinse.
Use lemon juice on chrome faucets and appliances, then buff ‘til they shine!
Sprinkle the cut side of a lemon half with salt, and use it to clean the inside of copper cookware.
Cut a whole lemon in quarters, and grind it in the garbage disposal to disinfect and deodorize it. (Paula’s favorite!)

“I always keep plenty of lemons, vinegar, and baking soda in my kitchen because they pull double duty- I can cook or clean with ‘em!” - Paula

Freshen the Fridge
Paula says four simple steps make this big job more manageable.
1. Pull out all the food and throw away out-of-date items
2. Wash drawers and shelves, and then wipe down the interior with warm soapy water.
3. Use soap and bleach (and latex gloves!) to clean and sanitize the drip pan, if you have one, underneath the fridge.
4. Vacuum any coils in the back or underneath.

Grease Be Gone!
The grimiest cleaning jobs in the kitchen are the exhaust fan blades, housing, and filter; underneath the stop top; and the oven. For these jobs, Paula finds that the fastest way to cut the sticky mess is to squirt the surfaces with Greased Lightning, an all-purpose cleaner originally created to help mechanics mop up car grease. Just wear latex gloves, and grab a roll of paper towels to wipe away grease. Then wipe with a damp sponge and dry.

Cleaning with Ketchup?
Rubbing ketchup on dirty copper-bottomed pots will restore the shine.

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Paula you may not read these but just in case you do, I hope all is well with you. I'm so sorry for what you've been through. You are in my prayers and I pray you will turn the situation over to God and let Him help you through. I for one will continue to support you and wish you all the best. We all make mistakes and wish we could go back and change them. People need to forgive and move on. You without sin cast the first stone. Unfortunately, people love to judge. Keep your chin up, enjoy your family and keep the faith.

By Michelle Parker on April 06, 2014


Paula I just love you I really miss you on TV keep on climbing girl .

By Lisa Kirby on April 05, 2014


I lov Paula Deen and all your great food and your all your cleaning ideas thank u Paula Deen

By Patricia Moreno Caro on March 31, 2014


Sure do miss your cooking show. You are always so happy in your kitchen. Love Cooking with Paula magazine. Thank you for all you do. God bless you

By Carol Alexander on March 28, 2014


Hi Paula! My husband and I are facing a move to Georgia, because of his job. I have lived all my life in Belleville,Illinois, which is only 25 miles from St. Louis, Missouri, and all of it's attractions. I know you love Georgia! Can you write back and give me reasons why I would want to move to Georgia Thank you for the cleaning tips. I know I need to use them!

By Janis Husmann on March 28, 2014


I love your cooking i miss seeing u on tv and i want your recipe on iceburge bread and butter pickles i tried to save it and it didnt do it thank you

By theresa ledford on March 28, 2014


I have never met her but still love her. Miss her on her shows. That's just not cool what they did to her. Wow, she really done nothing wrong in my book. She is Country, not City . COUNTRY GIRLS WILL SURVIVE . CANT KEEP A GOOD WOMEN DOWN . They just didn't hurt her , they hurt all of us that watched her. But, we know how to keep her ,,, Ha, ha ..... Got recipes . Oh yea, love her country cooking . Can't take that away. Paula, you are the women.

By Brenda Vandiver on March 28, 2014


Really miss you Paula...always loved everything you cooked. Keep sharing recipes with us on Facebook etc. you have a lot of true followers. Aloha we love you

By Pat charron on March 28, 2014


Her southern charm is awesome....

By Genevieve Wilson on March 27, 2014


Paula congrats on your magazine.

By Frank alvarez on March 27, 2014


I loved your shows. Miss you hope you return soon. You & your boys. Theit families & of course michael.

By jan ginter on March 27, 2014


I have your pots+pans.I was wonderning do I wash them in baking soda before I use them.

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By JUDY PATRICK on April 17, 2012


Hello Miss Paula, I made your Tilapia Po'Boys with Homemade Tartar Sauce & OMGoodness! I have never seen my children eat fish like that! All I can say is THANK YOU for this recipe! It's definately a keeper! My husband and I made them twice in one week...(SUPER EASY!)we ALL loved it. I recommend it to everyone! Look it up & try it! You won't be disappointed!

By Hollie on April 29, 2011


One little chore I try to do weekly by using vinegar or Grease Lightening is to clean the top of the refrigerator because it seems to develop a greasy surface, from just normal cooking, and any dust in the air clings to the grease making a dark, dirty film. Often people overlook that area because it's not easily seen but if you have any tall men or guests in the house it is quite noticeable to them. Besides looking bad - who wants to open the refrigerator when the top is in an unsanitary condition? Love your kitchen helps, Paula! Thank you!

By Susan Figueroa on April 22, 2011


I just Love You Miss Dean...I aspire to be just like you..I hope when I complete culinary school,I will be as professional and respectable as you...many blessings..the chocolate covered Paula Deen..(Jus kidding!!!)lol

By ERICA D HARRIS on April 21, 2011


Just love you Paula Deen. I especially like the "Oprah" where you helped the little guy who had lost his brother. Happy Easter, lovely lady!

By Anonymous on April 20, 2011


Thanks for the tips...btw I have used greased lightening for years and it is the greatest. Try washing your walls with regular cleaner then afterwards spray greased lightening on same area and you will be amazed how much more grime comes off. Thanks Paula PS/ Just bought your country cooking cookbokk and just love it

By Deb Smolka on April 18, 2011


It is always a joy to hear from Paula. She is a very smart and down he lady. I admire her very much. U have come a long way baby. God bless you and your family.

By Anonymous on April 18, 2011


putting used teabags down the disposal helps reduce rusting..just remember to pull out the string (never use those pyramid looking bags that are plastic..just the paper fiber filterbags).

By Ann on April 18, 2011

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